Of the People – Haibun – February 28, 2016

145 02 February 28th 2016

They’d met to protest and the Government actually thought there’d have been more people than actually showed up.  Their concern was about the drought which had lowered the levels of sweet water all throughout the land.  People had been grumbling about the raising costs of water for years, but now that the price of water had risen to  an euro fifty a litre the grumbling was becoming a movement.

The march on London was fixed for the 28th of February 2025 – 6:30 A.M. at Victoria Station.  As it turned out, there were more policemen than protesters.  The Government let out a collective sigh of relief … years of education had assured once again that the people had remained firmly under control.

of the people for the people
by the people

© G.s.k. ‘16

One of the major problems the future generations will be facing if we don’t do something about global warming will be the scarcity of fresh drinking water.  Our planet may be 3/4 water and as the caps melt down, many of our coastal cities may begin to flood, but all that extra water will not do us much good as we can’t drink it or use it to irrigate crops etc.  Already in many parts of the world the lack of drinking water is a cause of disease and hardship for over a billion people.  We in the West take water for granted .. but once we have to go and pump it like petrol, perhaps our ideas might change.  Will we finally do something or will we continute to wait for someone else to find a solution?

Water Scarcity – WWF

Written for: Sunday Photo Fiction

About Georgia

I love to read...I like to write...I've travelled the world and seen the sites. I'm past my prime and feel so young, especially when near the young. I'm writing this blog, to remember, to think and to share...with the hopes that someone else will make a comment that will stimulate new thoughts and pathways. Actually, I'm a gabber, so the logical extension of gabbing is blogging! ;-)
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29 Responses to Of the People – Haibun – February 28, 2016

  1. Pingback: Of the People – Haibun – February 28, 2016 | Bastet and Sekhmet's Library

  2. Steve Lakey says:

    It does seem a very British response to a serious issue – a lot of grumbling but not much action!

    • Bastet says:

      Actually could be just about any of our Western nations … I was actually thinking of the Americans you know, with their waving liberty and freedom about but rarely actually practising it, but being a photo prompt I had to abide by the photo 😉

  3. That’s a future I don’t want to see -I mean, the Euro! Whatever next?

    I Protest (that’s my story, not a comment!)

    • Bastet says:

      Thanks for linking! And I understand … this is really a far-off scenario, and I really couldn’t imagine the British using the Euro … just imagine this as a report by someone from outside Britain 😉

  4. ceayr says:

    Sad and cynical, Georgia, but very well done.
    And a strong message, of course.

  5. mandibelle16 says:

    You make a good point. It is so easy for most of us in the Western world to get water without much of a thought. Many of us can turn on are tap and get fresh drinking water. An interesting side not in the city next to us Calgary, the reduced the amount of fluoride in the Water because it is not that great for you. On the other hand, it’s good for your teeth so many children had a lot more cavities then they usd to have. Great job!

    • Bastet says:

      Hello Mandibelle … I’m not so sure that fluoride is such a good thing for people and I commend Calgary for having followed the lead of many other cities in no longer adding it to drinking water. It really is too bad that people are being forced to be medicated or have to filter their water in order to be able to drink it. Besides it’s actually too soon to say if there are actually more children with cavities due to no longer adding fluoride to the water – it’s certain though that babies who’ve been fed formula made with fluoridated water have had very serious health problems. The fluoride which has been added to the water over the last few decades is also actually an industrial waste btw. But even if this were not true, due to all the additions of fluoride in just about everything we eat and drink over the last decades (if for no other reason because the water that plants and animals consume comes from a fluoridated source – but also because it’s cool to say your product has fluoride added to it so it’s healthful) we risk being over fluoridated ourselves, like in India and China. It might have been a good idea to fluoridate let’s say in the 1940s but its not such a good idea now. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoride_toxicity

  6. Excellent message. Very true. We do talk this one major necessity for granted. We take way too much for granted and then wonder why it disappears “so quickly”.

  7. It is a big, big issue in North America as global warming creates droughts, California, Washington State, and others burn due to lack of snow cap, fracking threatens to further pollute our water — and we are water wasters!
    The people in Flint, Michigan were poisoned by water fed through lead pipes — this includes up to 12,000 children who now have lead poisoning.
    It scares me to think of how we are draining away our most precious resource.
    Excellent piece of writing on a very important topic!!!!!!

    • Bastet says:

      Thank you Dark Horse for contributing with your comment … I believe that the only thing at this point that might help us not become an extinct species is understanding our position in nature and forward thinking … both seems very difficult for us.

  8. I can imagine a time like that, when water is the most precious resource. Sober reminder.

    • Bastet says:

      I lived in Africa for a decade in the late-twentieth century and this was already beginning to become a problem … now it’s so much worse. Let’s hope we start thinking ahead a little.

  9. mandibelle16 says:

    Thanks so much!

  10. julespaige says:

    There are ways to take the salt from the water. Most are, ‘They’ say too expensive.
    I remember reading about a some homes off the grid that have a water collection/purification system as well as their own generators (and back up generators). It only takes money how ever you name it.

    I just went with ‘parade’
    The Living Leprechaun?

    • Bastet says:

      True … money and a knowledge of technology. One of the problems for those off the grid is keeping those generators going – unless of course they’re into alternate energy … there are whole villages in Germany right now off the power grid that produce enough electric to sell to the main power companies … places like this could pop up and start purifying their own water sources … who knows. But our big problem is 7 billion people, many who do not have the money or the technology to face the problem – in a world that’s finishing up it’s fossil fuels and heating up the planet … we’re literally breeding ourselves a catastrophe .

  11. Donna says:

    Water, water everywhere oops maybe not and yet as you write we complain but do not do enough about it.

  12. athling2001 says:

    Nicely written cautionary tale.

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